Mill Creek Through the Decades: 1970s Collection: A Walk In the Spring Rain (1970)

Producer Stirling Silliphant wrote the screenplay for this movie, based on novel A Walk in the Spring Rain by Rachel Maddux. Silliphant’s best known works are In the Heat of the Night, The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure, but he also created Route 66 and did the screenplays for Village of the DamnedThe SwarmCharly and Circle of Iron amongst many other movies. And oh yeah — Over the Top.

He was also close friends with Bruce Lee, who he studied from and included in movies he wrote like Marlow and the TV series Longstreet. Together, they worked on The SIlent Flute, which was eventually made as Circle of Iron. Lee would coordinate the fight scene in this movie between one of the leads, Will Cade (Anthony Quinn), and his son.

Cade is the next door neighbor of writer Roger Meredith (Fritz Weaver) and his wife Libby (Ingrid Bergman), who soon finds her way into his bed due to the lack of interest of her husband. Everything seems perfect, but the city calls the Merediths back, just as Will’s son stalks and assaults Libby in the woods, which ends up with the aforementioned fight between father and son that ends up costing son his life.

Perhaps most amazingly, the actor who plays the son is Tom Fielding, who we know today as Tom Holland. Yes, the same Tom Holland who wrote The Beast WithinClass of 1984Psycho IICloak & Dagger and created the Fright Night and Child’s Play films.

In the end, the city wins out over true love. And this movie didn’t do well with audiences or critics. But  hey — Quinn and Bergman are awesome, as you’d expect. 

Through the Decades: 1970s Collection is new from Mill Creek. It also has DollarsFun With Dick and JaneThe Owl and PussycatFor Pete’s Sake, The Anderson TapesThe HorsemenThe Stone Killer, Brother John, Gumshoe and The Last Detail. You can learn more on their site and order it from Deep Discount.

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